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December 01, 2017

An Excerpt from “Best of British: The Philadelphia Orchestra Transports Us to the British Isles”

Since the earliest migrations of humans to Europe 40,000 years ago, the civilizations of the British Isles have functioned somewhat apart from those of the Continent—the result of geography, climate, and, eventually, temperament. Though little is known of Neolithic cultures, during the last two millennia Romans, Saxons, Vikings, and Normans have joined Celtic peoples to form a singular stew of ethnicities and cultures.

September 19, 2017

Bernstein at 100: What’s old becomes new, once again

Throughout history, the artists who nudge things forward are the “synthesizers,” the ones who bring together seemingly disparate styles to form something startlingly new. In music, Mozart fused styles he absorbed during his early travels through Italy, France, England, and German-speaking lands. Later, the Beatles gathered elements of postwar restlessness, American blues, and (thanks to the symphonically trained George Martin) classical traditions to create sounds we’d never heard before.

March 01, 2017

Voices of a City: The Orchestra’s 2017-18 Season Presents an Abundance of Variety

The way to have good ideas, as Nobel Prize-winning scientist Linus Pauling used to say, is to have lots of ideas. In recent years The Philadelphia Orchestra has dramatically increased the range and scope of its activities both locally and globally, and the 2017-18 season just announced underscores an ever-expanding breadth of vision that reflects the Orchestra’s storied legacy, its ongoing commitment to deep community involvement, and its role as a global ambassador for the arts.

November 30, 2016

La Ville Lumière: The Philadelphia Orchestra Honors the French Capital with a Three-week Festival

“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life,” Thomas Jefferson wrote some 250 years ago. Much later, James Thurber would call the city “a vast university of art, literature and music … a post-graduate course in Everything.” Novelist Laurence Durrell marveled at “the restless metaphysical curiosity, the tenderness of good living and the passionate individualism.”

The Eiffel Tower in Paris

September 20, 2016

Yannick Looks Forward: With Four Amazing Seasons Behind Him, an Enticing Decade Beckons

When The Philadelphia Orchestra announced in 2010 that it had named a 35-year-old French Canadian with relatively little name recognition in the United States as its new music director, the world could not have anticipated the extent to which this podium dynamo would vitalize the Orchestra and transform the very nature of a music director’s relationship to his or her community.

Photo by Chris Lee

February 19, 2016

What a Difference a Century Makes: 100 Years Out, The Philadelphia Orchestra Reprises a Historic Turning Point

On a freezing weekend 100 years ago this March, The Philadelphia Orchestra presented a set of concerts that, in a single stroke, established it as an ensemble of international importance.